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St. Paul Animal shelter feeling optimistic about future

The St. Paul Animal Shelter knows the difference hearing “yes” can make. The group has been out of a home since a 2016 storm made it’s building unusable. But with every storm comes sunshine, and an announcement of funding from from the town of St. Paul council has the animal shelter happy about the future.

Both the County and Town of St. Paul have pledged $27,000 each to help the shelter get their new facility.Josiah Clarke is the manager of the shelter. He says the group is also applying for a grant to help with costs.

“We’re gonna apply for a CFEP grant so that we can renovate the quonset (that is currently on the property) We’re also going to go ahead with the 40 x 40 building which will have cat rooms, quarantines, offices and other amenities.”

The animal shelter has already managed to raise just over $200,000 towards their goal. The Communities Facilities Enhancement Grant could net the group up to $125,000 in funding if they are chosen.

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While the group waits to hear back from the province, they’re getting ready for the date their new building will be ready for its animal guests. Clarke expects a Fall finish date on construction.

“Should be open by the end of September. We’re just waiting for the permit to come in from the County and then we can get started on construction.”

The St. Paul Animal Shelter is still gratefully accepting donations. Details can be found at their webpage as well as their Facebook page.

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